There’s a time and a place for a meal that takes over an hour to make, but dinner ideas that can be made in 30 minutes or less? Now we’re talking …
Today, I’m sharing easy 30-minute dinner recipes (by category) from our archives that are quick and easy, without skimping on flavor.
Soup and Chili
Let’s start with my favorite category: Soup! It’s my go-to anytime I want a quick meal at home. Which is pretty much always …
Here’s the recipe for baked potato & broccoli cheddar soup (pictured above).
The easiest black bean soup recipe. I bet you already have most of the ingredients for this recipe at home!
I just made a batch of Emma’s white vegetarian chili and it’s even better the next day.
Easy taco soup with plenty of “fixings” should be a repeat meal idea in every household, in my opinion.
Sometimes soup needs something extra—like tortellini. Specifically cheese tortellini in tomato soup. Yum!
I highly recommend this 10-minute creamy tomato soup, too. It has a “secret ingredient” that makes it dairy-free, but you would never know.
Nothing compares to homemade chicken noodle soup. If you’re craving the good stuff, here’s the recipe for quick rotisserie chicken noodle soup. Emma is a genius, I swear.
OK, it’s pizza time. If the thought of making pizza from scratch seems overwhelming, hear me out.
This 10-minute pizza dough recipe has a soft, biscuit-like texture and doesn’t require any yeast or rise time.
Switching gears to one of the best things in life: pasta.
I love Emma’s stovetop Brussels and shells recipe when I’m craving pasta but want a little more nutrition.
Have you ever made a one pot pasta?
You can have your pasta (and vegetables, too) with this creamy broccoli pasta recipe.
Let’s talk about pasta sauce.
We have a couple options in the homemade department, and they are so much better than store-bought sauces:
- Red Pepper Vodka Sauce
- Non-Dairy Creamy Sage Pasta Sauce (pictured above)
- 15-Minute Creamy Tomato Sauce
This baked garlic and kale gnocchi is the ultimate comfort dish. And it has in kale in it, so it’s good for you, right?
If you love pasta salad, check out Emma’s 3 easy pasta salad dressing recipes.
I couldn’t skip this fettuccine recipe. It’s a must have. Creamy pea and fresh herb fettuccine (with an emphasis on fresh herbs). So much flavor in one dish!
We have so many curry recipes on the blog!
If you’re a curry fan, you’re going to be obsessed with this 20-minute vegetable green curry.
Get ready for this flavor combination: pumpkin curry.
Oh yes, it’s amazing and easy to make (or it wouldn’t be on this list). Haha. Click here for Emma’s pumpkin curry recipe.
Throw some chickpeas (and protein) into the mix with chickpea yellow curry. Perfect for a cold night.
A simple yellow curry (with the addition of potatoes) is so good.
Casseroles, Salads, Stir Fry, and More
Casseroles typically take a while to bake, but these chicken verde enchiladas are similar, and much faster. They’re so good and a perfect meal idea if you’re having company over.
I love adding pumpkin to recipes (regardless of the season) like Emma did with these chipotle and pumpkin veggie enchiladas. So good!
There’s a restaurant in my hometown that serves the best taco salad, and that’s what this spicy tempeh taco salad recipe is based from.
You could add ground beef or chicken to yours if tempeh isn’t your thing. Speaking of salad, I highly recommend these Thai lettuce wraps, too!
Hear me out. I didn’t know toasted ravioli belonged on top of salad until I tried this quick toasted ravioli salad, and now I’m hooked.
Stir fry is always a good idea, and honey and miso stir fry is one of those recipes that I always go back to.
The seasonings and (cooking method) of this stir fry spaghetti squash recipe will make you think you’re eating real noodles.
You can also air fry things like chicken wings. These come out nice and crispy every time.
I hope this roundup inspires you to make something quick and delicious this week! xo, Jacki